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News in the WC
Habitat for Humanity

The Association has a fantastic opportunity to come together and raise money for our community through a partnership with the Williamson County Habitat for Humanity. Why is this a great opportunity you may ask? Through donations and volunteering your time, you can help families achieve their dreams of home ownership and reap the benefits that come with it while investing in neighborhood revitalization and community value. The Association kicked off their campaign at the Super Bowl of Builders with a "House Arrest". We raised 30% of our $5,000 goal, which will be used to facilitate a new home build this Spring! We need your help reach this goal! Please consider donating to the WCREALTORS Build for Habitat Humanity.

Texas REALTORS® Leadership Program

Applications Due: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Texas REALTORS® Leadership Program (TRLP) is designed to meet the needs of Texas REALTORS® and to provide an innovative and highly flexible program that allows self‐motivated learners the opportunity for leadership development in the context of a learning community. The leadership program develops that community of selected participants who transform the power of knowledge into volunteer service. Its core values include: community, service, integrity, and commitment.  More InformationApplication

Professional Standards Training

Wednesday, March 8th | 9:00am - 4:00pm

This course is devoted to real estate professionalism and the Code Enforcement that is relevant to every real estate professional on a daily basis. This course explains the enforcement process and the duties agents have to their clients, customers and public as well as other real estate agents. Upon completion of the course the real estate licensee will understand how to distinguish between G/C, P/S and BOD role in the Professional Standards process; differentiate between Mediation and Arbitration and discuss advantages of the Ombudsman Program. More Information

REALTOR Day at the Texas Capitol

Tuesday, April 4th | 8:30am

Thousands of Texas REALTORS® from across the state will come to Austin to meet with state lawmakers and discuss TAR's legislative priorities. These dedicated Texas REALTORS® will spend the day talking about property-tax relief, consumer-friendly reforms to the property-appraisal process, and more. Attendees will enjoy an inside look at the legislative process, tour the TAR headquarters, and eat some great barbecue. Get details at texasrealestate.com/realtorday! More information coming soon! 

Industry News
Update on Cedar Park Sign Ordinance

Last night the Association attended the City Council Meeting in Cedar Park to learn about their proposed sign ordinance. Darian Rausch, BOD Treasurer, Christy Gessler, WCREALTORS Past President, and Kent Prickett, WCREALTORS Governmental Affairs Director attended the event.

We listened to the city’s presentation on signs and the proposed sign ordinances across the entire city. Every city across the nation is reworking their ordinances based on the Supreme Court decision in 2015 on the Reed v. Town of Gilbert case. This case says that a municipality cannot enact an ordinance dictating the content on a sign; therefore, “open house sign” ordinances across the country are being rewritten as generic sign ordinances.

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​Phone Scam Targeting Taxpayers

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts has issued the following message:  We recently became aware of a scam involving an individual falsely claiming to represent the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, or in some cases the Texas Department of Transportation. The caller claims the taxpayer has a tax liability or other issue and requests credit card information.

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Williamson County Housing Statistics - January 2017

Round Rock, Texas – 15 February 2017 – Home sales in Williamson County increased 0.4 % in January 2017. Additionally, home prices and inventory increased over 10% (when compared year over year), according to the January 2017 Williamson County housing market report released today by the Williamson County Association of REALTORS®.

According to the report, 544 homes were sold in Williamson County during January 2017, a 0.4% increase from the year prior. The median price for Williamson County homes increased 10.4% year-over-year to $265,000 during the same period.

“Inventory is starting to increase across Williamson County. This creates more competition between sellers, and gives buyers more choices,” said WCREALTORS President Suzanne Gantner. “While the inventory is increasing, Williamson County is still experiencing price increases as due to the extremely low inventory.” continued Gantner.

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